Treatment of chronic hepatitis B: interferon alfa first.

  • Published 2001 in Prescrire international

Abstract

(1) Chronic hepatitis B is defined by the persistence of circulating HBs antigen for more than 6 months. Between 15 and 25% of chronic HBV carriers die prematurely of complications (mainly cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma). (2) Patients with chronic hepatitis B rarely clear the virus spontaneously, but viral replication ceases in approximately 10… (More)

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